Smith warns of ‘secret Tory NHS privatisation’: The Health services are like a sacred cow – with rabies.

Like a sacred cow in the Hindu culture, even if it has rabies the health system ideology cannot be touched.

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BBC News reports 15th August 2016: Smith warns of ‘secret Tory NHS privatisation’

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith has accused the government of having “a secret plan to privatise the NHS” in England.

In a speech, Mr Smith said NHS spending on the private sector has doubled to £8.7bn during the six years the Conservatives have been in power.

The Department of Health said his analysis was “simply wrong”.

Meanwhile, leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants a “National Education Service” based on NHS principles.

3 days ago in the Express: Tories ‘have secret plan to privatise NHS’ says Owen Smith

3 days ago BBC: Reality Check: Has private contracting in the NHS doubled?

2 days ago in the Guardian Dennis Campbell reportds: How much is the government really privatising the NHS? = Figures show privatisation to be less of the explosion that Owen Smith warns about and more a gradual, inexorable rise in the outsourcing of services

1 day ago: Co-operation, collaboration and competition – inside the mindset of NHS managers

Peter Hill reports in the express 16th August: The NHS is sacred and politicians are scared of it,   – THE NHS lurches from crisis to worse. Hospitals openly admit they can’t cope, operations are cancelled, patients lie on trolleys for 12 hours, drugs are denied, it’s even harder to see your local doctor and don’t bother to try A&E instead.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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